B.R. Lively


It started with a shatter. Cracks spread and splintered, heartbreak crumbling the hardened walls of ego. Absent this learned protection, Lively’s sense of self dissipated. Rather than empty, this left him feeling open, buoyant, as though his insides had been cleared of long-standing debris. With openness came expansion. His heart, mind, entire consciousness seemed to have been awaiting room to grow and his still-tender soul proved fertile.

He opened, expanded; expanded, opened, each action multiplying upon itself until outlines blurred and he could no longer discern the edge. Every part of him that was, every part that was becoming, grew and stretched toward a previously unseen light. It welcomed, beckoned, seemed spacious enough to step inside.

This album chronicles that journey. It is an awakening and an invitation.

Though actively writing and performing music for over a decade, this album marks a distinct and conscious shift from Lively’s previous projects. No longer is he simply concerned with playing an instrument, Lively is learning to become one.

Realizing the difficulty of exploring this new depth within and around himself while occupied by the noise of his current life, Lively gave away his possessions, moved out of his house, and adopted Joanie, a 1990 Winnebago, as his new home. He wanted to quiet, simplify and create for himself the space necessary for such discovery.

It was with this mindset that Lively entered the studio to record his first solo album. Gordy Quist, a recent friend and mentor (known to most from Band of Heathens), identified with the songwriter’s quest and helped him bring this vision to life. They enlisted the composition skills of Thomas Avery (Lively’s longtime friend and musical partner), musical prowess of Gordy’s bandmates Scott Davis and Richard Millsap, and engineering mastery of Jim Vollentine. Together, they transformed Lively’s poetry into a sonic journey of spirit.

Lively lives on the road, traveling the country, to share what is his most pure, heartfelt creation to date. He attempts, through his music and lifestyle, to connect not with our surface selves, but with our often silenced and forgotten souls.

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Press Clippings

B.R. Lively (Good Day Dallas)

Music in the Morning: BR Lively (Good Day Austin)

Dallas’ BR Lively Made a Folk Album With Band of Heathens, Then Sold All of His Possessions (Dallas Observer)

Exclusive Interview: Singer-Songwriter B.R. Lively Talks About Stunning Debut Record (The Music Mermaid)

Indie 5-0 Featuring B.R. Lively (Independent Artist Buzz)

What to do in Waco this week: 10/10 – 10/12 (Baylor Lariat)

The Road to Self-Knowledge: An Interview with B.R. Lively (The All Scene Eye)

First Listen: B.R. Lively releases jazzy new single “Summertime Sky” (Earmilk)

UGA graduate B.R. Lively talks musical growth since Athens and upcoming album (The Red & Black)

PREMIERE: B.R. Lively releases music video for “Into The Blue,” announces new album (Substream Magazine)


Maria Ivey – maria@thepresshouse.com